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Steve Jobs [Kindle Edition]

Walter Isaacson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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“. . . a wonderfully robust biography that not only tracks Jobs’ life but also serves as a history of digital technology. What makes the book come alive, though, is Isaacson’s ability to shape the story as a kind of archetypal fantasy: the flawed hero, the noble quest, the holy grail, the death of the king.” — starred, Booklist “Isaacson’s exhaustively researched but well-paced, candid and gripping narrative gives us a great warts-and-all portrait of an entrepreneurial spirit – and one of the best accounts yet of the human side of the computer biz.” — Publishers Weekly

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Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.  

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23555 KB
  • Print Length: 657 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (Oct. 24 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W2UBYW
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Inspiring Read! March 22 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I already knew a fair bit about jobs but this book is a true biography of a true legend. His story had to be documented and documented well. I am glad Walter Isaacson wrote this book. I doubt anyone else could have told the story in a better way. It does not try to sugarcoat Jobs' personality and takes you on a journey through a brilliant yet crazy mind of Jobs. Oscar Levant once said 'There is a thin line between genius and insanity'. Nothing personifies jobs better.

Any person in business must read this book. The most successful CEO of all times - this is a story of how self-belief, tenacity and iron-will can change the impossible into possible. Focus and follow your vision rest is mere distraction. If you are sane enough you'll disapprove of him, if you are crazy enough, you'll understand him. Here's to the crazies...
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104 of 118 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We Did It My Way Oct. 26 2011
If you're like me the first thing that strikes in reading this book is how mythological it is.

Put up for closed adoption by unmarried parents who eventually married, rejected by the first would be adoptive parents, then adopted by working class parents, it would be difficult to imagine a more inauspicious beginning, or a more auspicious outcome. Steve Jobs would grow up to prove that an apple can fall quite far from the tree, and still blossom. Abandoned, the chosen one, special.

Firstly, I don't think there is any such thing as an illegitimate child, only illegitimate parents.

The public life and business achievements have been well chronicled, and I didn't want to read a book about Apple. I wondered about the family life, the relationship with Bill Gates, were they collaborators or competitors, some of the other cast of characters. I wondered how much of Apple's great accomplishments were due to Jobs, what effect his passing would have on the future of Apple. I wondered about how he got the Beatles music, and the reputedly fractious relationship with Apple records.

Isaacson has put together a narrative never less than fascinating about a mercurial man. My opinion of Jobs did not change as a result of reading this book. He already struck me as being a highly driven type A personality, narcissistic, aggressive, perfectionistic. Certainly these traits contributed to both his successes and his setbacks, and made him a difficult man to get along with, but those high standards imposed by a drive for perfection, and a demanding lack of compassion, would also draw out of people abilities, creativity, and great accomplishments.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely great! Nov. 15 2011
This book is highly detailed because the writer did over 200 interviews with Steve Jobs, I would strongly recommend this book to people who enjoy biographies and non-fiction books!
Its insanely great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book --- Very informative Nov. 27 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I didn't know anything about Apple and Steve Jobs but I did buy an Apple lap top just one year ago so I did have an interest in knowing about the inventor of the Apple dynasty. I found the book extremely interesting and informative. I have never read about a more diverse person before so it was incredibly interesting to learn the lifestyle of a man who is now acknowledged to have been a genius.

It was also very interesting to read about the "politics" of the computer world, the competition between the brands and the endless striving for perfection to be the very best in the world no matter what the cost to his health. He truly did give his life for his love of the challenge to be the very best in the whole world and thankfully, he will always be remembered for what he sought to achieve. He did achieve his aim and I feel so very sorry that he had to give the ultimate price to achieve it.

He WILL aways be remembered as the VERY BEST, he deserves this and his products will live on. It will be interesting to know if they can continue to be at the forefront of new technology. Time will tell but it will not damage his reputation. H was the FIRST and will always be remembered and revered for what he contributed to the computer world.

A most wonderful book that I have recommended to family and friends. Also, an amazing price at Amazon!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring and touching Nov. 16 2011
By Y. Lu
I read every page of this book, I felt very moved afterwards. This book has stirred up some profound thoughts about life, work, all the good and bad traits of human being. It laid out Steve's life in front of readers in the utter most honest manner, and I found the writing to be plain yet sophisticated (like an Apple product).

I have much much more respect for Steve and his work after reading this book, it helped me know Steve as a genius and a flawed human being.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but, Nov. 11 2011
I found the book captivatingly brilliant. Isaacson gets a solid grade "A" for his homework, and the manner in which he structured his book. That said, the one thing that stood out to me like a sore thumb, perhaps because I'm a step father who hates it when people differentiate me as being something other than my daughter's "real" dad, is that a number of times in the book, when speaking of Steve's lifelong search for mentors, a reference is made to him "looking for a father figure". Nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, the lessons he learned from Paul Jobs shaped him for life. He had a father. We all seek out mentors, but we never consider those mentors as parents unless we missed out on parenting. Jobs did not. That said, from one author to another, It is a solid work that will stand the test of time. Thank you for being so painstakingly thorough.
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